And whats that office about on there?
Why? It works just fine for me. It's a little premature to pass judgment on a product you can't possibly have taken the time to learn. It does everything I need it to do, and if it doesn't, I can alter the source code as I see fit. It doesn't cost anything, compared to the $300 or so that it takes for the same functionality in Microsoft Office
As far as installation, some distributions leave a lot to be desired. But then there are other distributions like Ubuntu with a 7 step installation that beats anything I have seen out of Windows, hands down. Other distros are just a pain in the ass. I just did installs of FreeBSD, slackware, and gentoo, and Gentoo was the hardest. BSD and Slackware were easier than I though they were going to be.
If all you want to do is email, play music and games, by all means, stick with Windows products. It took me probably a year or more of piddling around with Linux on and off before I found someone that could help me with some of the speedbumps. After that, it has been pretty smooth. I still have problems from time to time, but I can usually find the answer before too long. For something like your headphones, it usually takes just a few minutes to download the correct drivers once you figure out what you need. As far as your software not working, well, if it was designed to run in a windows environment, you can't possibly expect it to run on your Linux system, can you?
I have a love/hate relationship with Windows and Linux.I hate that every few years I have to fork out $100+ to Microsoft for a new OS, and then gripe because products do not have the capabilities that I think they should have, or the ability to alter them to fit my needs. With Linux, it can be annoyingly difficult to do routine things, but it's a trade-off. I don't have to pay for the software either.
It takes years to install and just doesn't make the grade of a decent OS.
I did an install of Ubuntu on an older Pentium system. From the time I opened the CD case until i was finalizing install was under 20 minutes. I sort of wonder how you judge what makes a decent OS? Do you have a degree in Computational Theory or engineering that qualifies you to make that sort of conclusion? I have no idea what makes a decent OD. A recent study published indicated that in High Performance Computing, linux runs 77.8% of the systems, Unix at 12%, and Windows at .4%.(Source)
I'm guessing some pretty smart people must think it is a decent os.
Anyway, if Windows floats your boat, stick with it.